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EDEM NEWS Printemps 2017 | Nouvelles d’EDEM | Ile-a-Vache, Haiti

Recovering from Matthew

EDEM’s Mission E D E M Fo u n d a t i o n i s a n o n p r o f i t organization supporting the education of children and delivering communitybased, integrated, and sustainable development assistance to Southern Haiti by partnering with local communities, municipalities, and international institutions. EDEM is Haitian Kreyol for Help Me.

Haiti wa s str uck la st fal l by one of the most powerful hurricanes in decades. Hurricane Matthew reached the south of Haiti on October 6, destroying everything in its path. First to be hit, the island of Ile-a-Vache saw its infrastructure and agriculture eradicated in less than twenty-four hours. The mayor of the island, Jean-Yves Amazan, reported that some 820 homes were demolished, 2,000 households affected, most farms destroyed and farm animals killed. While all anticipated a major impact, no one could have foreseen such devastation. In the mayor’s words “it's going to require a major effort to help people recover.”

As Hurricane Matthew neared the island, EDEM Foundation maintained continuous communication with the mayor’s office, opening up Ecole du Village as a shelter and keeping all partners in the loop. A well o r g a n i z e d a n d s u c ce s s f u l r e co v e r y demanded that the mayor took charge. EDEM Foundation set up an email chain linking all partner organizations, encoura ging them to follow the instructions of the mayor. The plan was to break down teams into shortterm, mid-term and long-term needs. In the short term, EDEM in partnership with Flying High for Haiti, connected with organizations such as Sow a Seed, Prodev and Maison Handa, to deliver to the mayor over 1000 meal kits for distribution. At the suggestion of the mayor, EDEM took on the responsibility of rebuilding some 200 homes in the communities of EDEM Foundation is a Project of United Charitable Programs, Inc., a Registered 501(c) (3) Public Charity PhotoCredit:VBS Photography

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Kakok and Bois Mouton. EDEM members Jean Sauny Pierre and Joseph Sauny Pierre first made an assessment of all the homes in those communities. Jean-Patrick Lucien traveled to Haiti with Ines Lozano, founder of Flying High for Haiti, and met with affected homeowners to discuss a support plan. It was agreed that EDEM would provide affected families with roofing sheets and materials, plus cover the cost of a carpenter to put the roof back on those homes. Within a 3-month time f rame, local builders hired by EDEM worked tirelessly to help rebuild all 200 homes.

Flying High for Haiti, for its part, took the leadership in Canobert and Soulette, rebuilding 64 homes and even constructing new ones for three families. Eltha, a woman living on her own, had lost part of her roof. She was surprised when she saw a group showing up at her door, ready to fix her roof. She screamed with joy “Pastor Sauny did not even tell me! I just heard they took my name down and here they are fixing my home for me, thank you!”

E D E M w o u l d l i ke to t h a n k i t s p a r t n e r s f o r coming so quickly to the support of the people of I l e - a -Va c h e . W h i l e m a n y f a m i l i e s a r e s t i l l f i g h t i n g to d a y to r e b u i l d t h e i r l i v e s , E D E M continues to support local women through its micro-credit program and to assist farmers by providing seeds.

EDEM Foundation is a Project of United Charitable Programs, Inc., a Registered 501(c) (3) Public Charity

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Ferme du Village, The Roots are Strong ……………………………

“Yes, we took a beating from Hurricane Matthew, lost most of our crops, our roof got damaged but that won’t stop us,” said Joseph Sauny Pierre, lead technician at the EDEM farm in Ile-a-Vache. The farm was flourishing, with the largest banana plantation on the island until Hurricane Matthew took down most of what was on the farm on October 6. The irrigation system needed to be r e d e s i g n e d a n d m o s t o f t h e f r u i t- t r e e nurseries simply disappeared. Fortunately, many of the trees that had been planted to fence the farm remain.

M r. Pi e r r e t o o k c h a r g e o f t h e f a r m l a s t November and met with technician Kanord to draft a plan and bring the farm back to life. They quickly acquired new seeds and set up a nurser y of cabbages, carrots, eggplants and green peppers. In a matter of three months, the farm was on its way back. The bananas are now on their feet and will be ready by August. The farm is an emblem of resilience and an example for the local community. Ever yone feels encoura ged by how quickly the farm mana gement team succeeded in making a comeback.

EDEM will host a Farm to Table dinner at the farm at the end of April, an occasion for local leaders and authorities to celebrate the recovery process and to commemorate Agricultural Day in Haiti

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Project Picture Day’s Second Trip to Ile-a-Vache ……………………………

Project Picture Day’s mission is to visit schools in underserved communities on an international scale, bringing along school supplies, and providing each child with his or her own portrait. PPD views school pictures as something tangible, something children can hold onto as a reminder of their intrinsic meaning and value, besides being a souvenir they will cherish for a long time. Last November Project Picture Day brought a smile on the face of the Children of Ile-a-Vache for the second time, providing free class pictures to 4 schools on the island. The team of five photographers was welcomed by Mayor Jean-Yves Amazan, who introduced them to the schools. The mayor first explained the program to school principals and parents. Of course, some doubts were raised but as the team took out their cameras, the children went into a frenzy and could not stop smiling. The teachers quickly realized the joy in the children’s faces and joined in. You can judge of the delight these pictures brought the children by looking at the video at

The Power of a Photo - Haiti 2016 In all, Program Picture Day offered 773 free portraits for children to take home and donated over 1,200 supplies during their November visit. The mayor and the school principals officially invited Project Picture Day to come back and to bring even more smiles to Ile-a-Vache’s school children Project Picture Day thanks EDEM foundation for creating a partnership with the mayor and the schools..

EDEM Foundation is a Project of United Charitable Programs, Inc., a Registered 501(c) (3) Public Charity

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The Diaspora Challenge Initiative …………………

EDEM Foundation is pleased to have played the role of coordinator for The Diaspora Challenge Initiative. The aim of the Initiative is to leverage development concepts among members of the diaspora who wish to make a contribution to Haiti’s development. The Initiative is funded by USAID and is part of the broader Leveraging Effective Application of Direct Investments p r o g r a m ( L E A D ) i m p l e m e n te d b y t h e Pa n American Development Foundation (PADF). In partnership with the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals, GRAHNUSA, and the Society for Haitian Research, EDEM led a development concepts campaign.. Proposals were reviewed by a jury of experts, based on criteria including sustainability and economic impact. Ten winning projects were selected from 190 submissions. The winners, showcased at a grand e v e n t h e l d a t Ma s s a c h u s e t t s In s t i t u t e o f Technology (MIT) on January 21, 2017, were given the opportunity to network with their peers and to present their ideas to potential investors as well as local, regional, and international donors and funders. Among the winners were Jean Edouard Conille’s project, Autogaz, which intends to reduce Haiti’s footprint carbon by converting over 15,000 vehicles from Diesel to Propane, while bringing down the cost of fuel in Haiti; and Marc Raphael’s BonManje, a network of solar-powered food trucks selling quality food and drinks at affordable prices, while providing internet and energy hotspots in several cities of Haiti. EDEM continues to assist Diaspora Challenge Initiative winners in pursuing their ideas with potential partners and ensuring proper follow ups with funding agencies. EDEM and PADF recently secured a meeting and a luncheon at the US Embassy in Port au Prince on April 28 that will bring together Haitian Government officials and key donors in support of the winners and their projects. EDEM Foundation is a Project of United Charitable Programs, Inc., a Registered 501(c) (3) Public Charity

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Research and Development ……………………………

Research and development is key to any country or corporation to improve or devise new products and services to meet the needs of its people or market. Countries with limited resources do not have the capital to invest in research and development. Affluent countries, on the other hand, devote vast amounts of resources to R&D for their own benefit and are able to make a difference as well in the global world. Mechanical Engineer Professor Ethan Lust’s visit to Ile-a-Vache in January 2016 (see the previous newsletter) led him to challenge his US Naval Academy students in thinking globally. He encouraged them to generate innovative ideas for bringing goods to market in remote communities. Following a visit to the farm and meetings with members of EDEM, Professor Lust asked 16 students to come up with two designs--one for a portable irrigation system, the other for a chariot that could be hooked to a motorbike as a means of transporting goods from the EDEM farm to the local Ile-a-Vache market. The students were confronted with a brand new challenge. They had not visited the island

Patrick Lucien tries out the US Naval Academy Students’ chariot

Arrival of theTS Kennedy to the island, January 2016

US Naval Academy Students sharing their plans

Visit with the students at US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD

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themselves, did not know local conditions, and were not aware that islanders needed to buy produce daily to feed themselves. After a long exchange of emails with Patrick Lucien, who answered their many questions, the students got very involved in the project and spent about 6 months designing their products. Patrick Lucien visited the students at US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He was thrilled to see their progress and their excitement about the project. One student noted that she had no clue about farming before working on the project but that she knows now that organic farming will be part of her future. EDEM’s project caught the attention of other student groups. They requested a meeting and offered to do additional design research. Already ideas such as a cinder-block press that can produce 10 blocks at a time, a recirculating aquaculture system, and a biodigester are in discussion. Research and Development no longer needs to narrowly benefit the country in which it takes place. The advance of technology allows us to become a global nation in which we can assist each other, even at great distances. We thank Professor Ethan Lust and his staff for the full day they afforded us during our February visit at US Naval Academy. We also thank the students who were not shy in showcasing their ingenuity and their work. On April 26, final presentation of the portable irrigation system and the chariot will take place at the US Naval Academy. Both will be transported to Haiti next January by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy aboard its USTS Kennedy. The students will submit to EDEM a detailed plan of the projects, and a complete description of the designs, which will be translated in Creole in time for the delivery on Ile-a-Vache.

EDEM Thanks You! …………………………… We are grateful at all times to all our supporters, big or small. You are the life of the organization. This year we would like to give special thanks to the individuals and to the organizations that responded so generously to our appeal for the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Among them: Ansara Family Foundation Inova Health System Foundation Episcopal Church of the Advent South Mountain Company Foundation St. Bridget School Parish School, Framingham Boston Accueil Drayer Physical Therapy Institute On behalf of the mayor, Mr. Jean-Yves Amazan, and the community at large, thank you for your support.

EDEM Foundation is a Project of United Charitable Programs, Inc., a Registered 501(c) (3) Public Charity

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Please Invest in our Efforts We are thankful to all people and organizations who have partnered with us in the past and who have visited and worked in ile-a-Vache. If you are an organization, a school or individual looking to start a new partnership or willing to explore a new world, we encourage you to consider this beautiful island. EDEM will work with you throughout the process. Contribute to the farm. Your contribution, in kind or monetary, will assist us pay our farmers, acquire tools, seeds, and ameliorate our distribution system. Contribute energy supplies and school materials. Massachusetts Maritime Academy is ready to carry goods over to Ile-a-Vache in January 2018. Collect now and contact us at contact@edem2.org To make a monetary contribution you may go online to www.edem2.org and click on the yellow donate link; if you prefer, send a check to EDEM, P.O. Box 3313, Framingham, MA 01705 We can be reached at anytime at contact@edem2.org

EDEM Foundation is a Project of United Charitable Programs, Inc., a Registered 501(c) (3) Public Charity

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